A surprisingly capable little drone, the Parrot Mambo Minidrone is easily flown by remote controller, smartphone or tablet, and it offers a first person view through a detachable FPV camera.
How small is “mini”? The Mambo fits in an open palm, with the propellers extending beyond your open hand.
That camera does more than show you where the drone is going. Just press a button, and it actually records everything it sees — in 1080p high definition! That’s seriously high-quality video for such a little machine. The Mambo camera shoots stills, too.
Every Parrot Mambo Minidrone FPV Kit features:
The Mambo is fun, but it is not a toy — so much so that Parrot recommends it not be used by pilots under 14 years old. But it is a good choice as a first drone for young hobbyists, as well as for adults who want to give drone flying a try.
This FPV Kit multiplies the fun. It includes a remote controller and a pair of Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 goggles. Experiencing the view while wearing the goggles is as close as you’ll come to truly flying.
The press of a single button is all that’s needed for takeoff. Mambo will rise and hover, waiting for you to give it a command. There’s also a mode that lets you launch it from your hand — by tossing it into the air.
Landing also is an easy one-button process.
You can control Mambo completely. The compact controller, which resembles a game controller, has twin joysticks and function buttons. In smartphone mode, virtual controls appear on the touchscreen.
Want to make Mambo flip? Just press a button, and the little drone does it for you, no practice needed.
Because it has the FPV camera, you can race the Mambo against other Mambos or similar minidrones.
Fly indoors or out.
Mambo helps you learn how to fly.
Start with Easy, which includes automatic horizontal and vertical stabilization of the drone. Progress to Drift, which deactivates the horizontal stabilization so you can move freely from side to side. The most advanced mode is Racing, which disables all stabilization, meaning you must control all movement with the remote controller. Getting to the racing mode will take some practice, but that’s OK. That’s hours of fun.
The Mambo can fly almost 200 feet away if you use the controller, and about 130 feet away if you use a phone or tablet.
During faster flight, the remote controller is the smart choice because the Mambo responds sooner to its commands.
If you want, you can limit the drone’s altitude in the software.
The Cockpitglasses 2 goggles give you a whole new view of flight.
Instead of looking at the streamed video on your smartphone, slip the phone into the goggles. The two viewers inside the goggles turn the image into an immersive, nearly surrounding view. You’ll still see all the information that you would see directly on the smartphone, including battery reserve. But when your drone is rushing toward, past and around obstacles, you’ll be blown away by the realism.
You’ll still fly your drone with the handheld remote controller while wearing the goggles.
Want to see the real world for a moment? You can toggle between FPV and a clear view through goggles — without removing or flipping them upward.
Unlike bigger drones, the Mambo doesn’t need a special charger. It has a mini USB port in the rear. Connect to your computer, or use a plug adaptor and plug into a 110-volt wall outlet.
The battery recharges fully in as little as 30 minutes.
You can fly about 8 minutes on each charge. Extra batteries, which you can charge and have ready to snap in, are available for purchase